SoftSide Magazine Issue 50 (Hopper)
Publication date 1982-11
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SoftSide Magazine Issue 50 (Hopper) (November 1982). Hopper (Translations by Rich Bouchard, Kerry Shetline and Alan J. Zett. You poor little frog! You've lost your way and can't find your way home. When you finally see it, a busy highway and river stand in your way.) - Howard Wolkow, Entertainment Tomorrow (Have you ever fantasized about driving a race car or exploring the moon's surface? With a telefactor device your fantasies may soon come closer to reality.) - Allen L. Wold, Games for Cooperation and Growth — An Alternative for Designers (The pros and cons of computer and video games are a hot topic in all of the media lately. Mr. Favaro offers an alternative to electronic game design which may quell the critics and make the games a positive social force.) - Peter J. Favaro, The Phantom Programmer (If you've ever tried to get your computer to stop doing what you told it, you'll appreciate the Phantom's plea for NEVER MIND.) - Anonymous, Calc/Side (In this first of an ongoing series for home applications of VisiCalc, the author covers the spreadsheet calculator's solution for balancing the checkbook.) - David Peters, Editorial, Input/Output, Hints and Enhancements, Bugs, Worms & Other Undesirables, General Information (Concerning SoftSide Line Listings, SWAT and Media Versions), New Products, Market/Side, Advertisers Index, Machine Head, PC BLUES BOX (Part II) (The second part of this "music processor" for the PC adds improved editing functions such as note insertion and block controls.) (PC) - Alan J Zett and Fred J. Condo, SWAT (The PC version of SoftSide's official debugging utility, Strategic Weapon Against Typos, is finally ready. With this invaluable aid, you'll be able to find the errors in programs you've typed in with much greater ease. We've also included the SWAT tables for the PC programs published in issue 34.) (PC) - Alan J. Zett, Review of LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK (PC) - Peter Brajer, Review of MILLIONAIRE (PC) - Howard A. Karten, Enhanced Disk Version - PING PONG/HOCKEY (These Machine Language versions of the arcade classics will keep you in front of your computer for many hours. Be careful, or your plea for "just one more game" may make you miss Christmas dinner.) (S-80) - John A Varela, Review of ASYLUM (S-80) - Allen L. Wold, FIREMAN (Ready your running legs. A skyscraper has caught fire and you must position your net under the falling victims if they are to survive. Don't get them mixed up with the flaming debris.) (S-80) - Jeffrey Bell, Review of GALAXY INVASION PLUS (S-80) - Mark E. Renne, Review of SEA DRAGON (S-80) - Dean F. H. Macy, Enhanced Disk Version - DEADSTICK LANDING (Atari translation by Al Johnston. Can you land the world's fastest glider — the Space Shuttle Orbiter? You must in this complex simulation. The author included his calculations from a Master's thesis in Avionics Instrumentation. Good luck — you'll need it!) (Atari) - Al Ragsdale, SAUCER FORMATION (Look out! The alien saucers are descending, dropping bombs as they come. Do your best, but be forewarned — the better you get, the more wily and quick become their strategies.) (Atari) - David N. Plotkin, Reviews of AN ATARI CHRISTMAS (Clowns and Balloons, Shooting Arcade, Preppie, Raster Blaster) (Atari) - David N. Plotkin, Review of NAUTILUS AND SHAMUS (Atari) - Sheldon Leemon, Article - EXPLORING THE ATARI FRONTIER (The Display List Interrupt (DLI) option of the Atari's ANTIC chip can be very complicated to understand. We've tried to simplify it for you, using a "take-apart" of some of the features of Hopper as an example.) (Atari) - Alan J. Zett, BLOCKADE (You'll need nerves of steel for this one. You must build walls at high speed, being careful to avoid any built by your opponent. If you're a person who thinks at right angles, this is the game for you.) (Apple) - Louis Roy, Review of APPLE STOCKING STUFFERS (Choplifter, Track Attack, Star Blazer) (Apple) - Hartley G. Lesser, Enhanced Disk Version - SUB HUNT (The seas beneath your ship are teeming with enemy submarines. Armed with a cargo of depth charges, you must scour the seas, eliminating the enemy wherever you find him.) (Apple) - Matt Clark, Article - A BIG BUTTON FOR YOUR APPLE PADDLE (If your thumb is close to having a hole in it from pushing the button on your paddle controller, we have a solution for you. Replace the small button with a larger one, big enough to push with your big toe if you want.) (Apple) - Richard Sturtz.
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